Pigeon Forge

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Dolly Parton Reveals Carl Dean’s Surprising Nicknames for Her

Carl Dean has more than one cute nickname for his famous wife Dolly Parton is known by a myriad of nicknames. Some nicknames reference her incredible career in country music, like the Leading Lady of Country and the Queen of Nashville. Other names refer to her East Tennessee roots, such as Smoky Mountain Songbird, Backwoods Barbie and Appalachian Queen. Additionally,

a combo platter of fried chicken and fried catfish with green beans and a sweet tea

These Are the 6 Best Seafood Places in Pigeon Forge, Smoky Mountains

A Smoky Mountain local ranks his favorite seafood restaurants I’m a bit of a seafood snob, a habit I picked up at my grandparent’s house in Florida. With his next-door neighbor being a professional crabber, my grandfather and a connection to the shrimpers and the fishermen as well. We got used to eating the freshest possible seafood at the best

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3 Tourist Traps in the Smoky Mountains You Should Probably Avoid

These are the biggest tourist traps in the Smoky Mountains, according to a local We certainly didn’t invent the tourist trap here in the Smoky Mountains. But we’ve dang sure come close to perfecting it. For 35-ish years, I’ve given more than my fair share of money to Sevier County tourist traps. I’ve paid money to low-rent museums celebrating the

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SNEAK PEEK: WildSide Set to Open in the Smoky Mountains in 2024

From the minds behind Anakeesta, WildSide is set to be the largest attraction in the Smoky Mountains when it opens this summer I’ve certainly seen a lot of planned attractions for someone who has covered the Smoky Mountains for nearly 25 years. Some of them live up to the hype, others falter and fail. But – if I’m being honest

the smoky mountain opry

A New Attraction Is Slated To Replace the Smoky Mountain Opry

Get ready to officially say goodbye to an area icon: The Smoky Mountain Opry As someone who has knocked around the Smoky Mountains for more than 30 years, I remember the heyday of Pigeon Forge music houses. Various country stars tried to use the mountain vacation venues as a place to set up residencies – something like Sinatra or Celine

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10 Best Things To Do in Pigeon Forge According to a Local

These are the best things to do in Pigeon Forge, according to a local As someone who has lived in and around the Smoky Mountains and Pigeon Forge for the better part of 35 years, you can say I’ve “seen and done” it all. And that’s quite the feat because there are hundreds of restaurants and attractions packed into the

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The Little-Known History Behind the Name ‘Pigeon Forge’ in TN

Local shares the surprising reason the town was named Pigeon Forge It’s not uncommon to wonder what Pigeon Forge was before it became the tourist town it is today. It’s possible, I think, if you get into remote and old enough parts of the forest, to visualize what the first settlers saw in the deep woods. But, so much has

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Is There More To Do in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge? A Local Declares Winner

Local compares two mountain towns in attractions, accessibility and more The towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are only separated by a few miles, but getting back and forth between the two can be a real pain. So, if you’re planning a getaway vacation to Sevier County, you may want to decide which place you’ll be spending most of your

cars with for sale signs line the parking lots along the parkway in pigeon forge during rod runa

Ban Proposed on Beloved Pigeon Forge Rod Run Tradition

The days of seeing cars lined up with ‘For Sale’ signs along the Parkway may be numbered In my 30 years in the area, Rod Runs meant classic cars lining the parkway adjacent spots in Pigeon Forge. Some were there to ogle the classic cars, others were there to trade, dicker and deal. But now, state officials want the city

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You Won’t Believe These 3 Attractions Really Existed in the Smokies

These old attractions would be considered problematic today As someone who grew up in East Tennessee, I’ve seen a lot of attractions come and go around the Smoky Mountains. Some attractions simply ran their course and fell from grace with the changing times. Or they simply sold their land for profit. But there were also several short-lived, lesser-known attractions that